Canon Australia has today announced the new EOS 6D, a versatile and compact mid-range ‘full frame’ DSLR that is positioned between the EOS 7D and the EOS 5D Mark III in the EOS line-up.


Angled front view of the EOS 6D fitted with the EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM zoom lens that will be offered with the camera body. (Source: Canon.)

Featuring a new, 35.8 x 23.9 mm CMOS sensor with 20.2-megapixels (effective) plus the latest DiG!C 5+ Image Processor, the EOS 6D is only 15 grams heavier than the EOS 60D and, like that camera, is compatible with SD, SDHC, and SDXC memory cards (including the new UHS-I cards). The 6D builds on the success of the EOS 5D Mark II and offers full manual control of camera functions, along with new and intuitive automatic settings to assist novice users.  The 11-point AF array has a high-precision centre cross-type point with an EV -3 sensitivity rating and the 6D sports a 63-zone dual-layer iFCL metering sensor.

The proprietary DIGIC 5+ Image Processor, which powers the camera’s fast 14-bit analogue-to-digital conversion, delivers smooth colour tones and gradation. The 6D supports a sensitivity range of ISO 100-25600 with a low setting, L: 50 and two high settings, H1: 51200 and H2: 102400. Continuous shooting is available at up to 4.5 frames/second (fps) for up to 125 full-resolution JPEGs or up to 17 RAW images in a single burst with a UHS-1 memory card.

The EOS 6D has a large 3.0-inch Clear View LCD monitor with 1,040,000 dot/VGA resolution and a 170 degree viewing angle. A high-transparency multi-coating has been applied for maximum protection and clarity. When used for Live View shooting, this screen provides 100% field-of-view coverage, for easy focusing and framing.

Movie recording is available at multiple frame rates. The 6D can record 1080p at 30 (29.97), 24 (23.976) and 25 fps, 720p at 60 (59.94) and 50 fps and standard video at 30 (29.97) and 25 fps. Up to 29 minutes and 59 seconds of continuous recording time is available (with 4GB automatic file partitioning) in selectable All i-frame or IPB compressions with embedded time code.

The EOS 6D features a built-in Wi-Fi transmitter which allows the camera to share images and video with the user’s choice of Wi-Fi-enabled devices such as PowerShot cameras and smart-phones, as well as cloud-based destinations (including social networks). Direct wireless printing to Wi-Fi enabled printers is supported and a new, free Canon EOS Remote app available for iOS and Android systems will allow a smart-phone or tablet PC to remotely connect with, control and operate the camera. A built-in GPS receiver allows the 6D to record longitude, latitude, elevation and Universal Coordinated Time (UTC) as EXIF data for seamless geo-tagging while shooting.

Assistance from the Canon Australia team has enabled Photo Review to prepare a detailed ‘First Look’ at the new camera. It can be accessed HERE.

The EOS 6D will be sold in a body-only configuration and in a kit version with Canon’s EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM zoom lens. Both configurations are expected to be available from the beginning of December, 2012 with pricing set at dealer discretion. Full details can be found at the Canon website via: